Easter Planting

Seeds which can be sown in April – Beetroot, Parsnip, Broad beans, all types of Peas, Coriander, Turnip, Runner Beans, Perpetual Spinach and Carrots.

The supply of Orla first early potatoes is limited, so please don’t take too many, if you are unlucky and miss out you can buy them in the shop on Bluebell North site, open Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning.
It is too early to plant the main crop, better wait until late April or early May.

One of the baths as it was in 2012 - (Photo by Alina)

One of the baths as it was in 2012 – (Photo by Alina)

We need volunteers to weed the baths under the apple tree, they have some herbs in them which are swamped by weeds and Bridget would like to plant some new plants.




SLI Annual General Meeting Sunday 5 July 2015, 11 – 1 pm followed by lunch at Marlpit Community Centre – NR6 5EQ see maps.
It is important for growers to attend, as there will be changes in the new year 2015/2016.

Look at the Events Page on the website, and also check-out the new pages on this website – most recently the Publicity Archive which goes back to 2006 – and if you have any interesting items for our Gallery or news for our blog, just email newsletter@grow-our-own.co.uk

Sunday March 22nd 2015

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I was on duty today & what a productive time we all had. Charles was busy painting the Big Shed, William was busy with the herb sinks, Peter was busy digging the communal plots, Verna (& David, her partner) were busy tidying the rockery & Mark was busy marking! Also, Mahesh was teaching a group how to sow, plant etc.

It was a cold day but it felt good to see so many work well together so ‘thank you’ to all concerned. Finally, a few did manage to have a look at their own plots!


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I’m Sophie, I’ve just joined the team as the leader for training. I’m here to help you make the most of your plot, learn new skills and share experience. More than training sessions, let’s call it skill-sharing. Please let me know of anything you’d like to learn (training@grow-our-own.co.uk).

I suggest to meet on Sunday 29th of March for some skill-sharing about planning your plot. This is an important step, that may prevent many mistakes and will help you optimise your crop.
Are you a beginner, not sure what to plant where? Then come and learn about crop rotation, companion planting and inter-cropping. Are you a well-experienced grower? We’d love to hear about your plan for this season. Please come along and share your tips. If you are interested please let me know! This session will be confirmed depending on sufficient interest.

Some idea for future skill-sharing sessions: vertical planting; protecting your vegs (netting); feeding.

There are other practical training courses held on second Saturday morning of each month. Check the program on the website.2015-Saturday-PracticalsClick here.

March Food Share

The first Sunday of the month turned out to be a glorious one & we had a great turnout for the big tool clean & also for Food Share. We had so many people that some had to eat outside!

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Thanks for making the day so successful. Your help was much appreciated.

If you took some washing-up home then please return asap & if possible please leave them in the clear lidded boxes at the far end of the big shed on the shelves to the right.

Many thanks. Juyna (Food)

Seasonal Variation

seasonal-variationI was browsing a newsletter from a northerner, John Harrison, at http://allotment-garden.org, which mentions a blog to which I subscribe – Her outdoors” at the Independent. I looked at John’s guide to planting and was amazed at how complicated it seemed- click on the map to see what I mean.

A great big thank you

to everyone who volunteered for the Spring Tool and Shed Day on 1st March 2015.

We had a great day and much was achieved.

All sheds cleaned.
Tools were checked and sharpened: inventories showed few tools lost.
Lawnmowers cleaned and sharpened.
Roof of Yellow Shed was mended.
Area between White Shed and Storage Shed was cleared and old plastic pots removed.
Water pipe from tap to tanks was replaced.

All this hard work was followed by the food share.
So, well done to everyone and we are all ready for Spring planting season.

Jane G